STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – Add another watch list for Mississippi State seniors Victoria Vivians and Morgan William as the duo was among the Top 30 players named Tuesday for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s.
The senior guards were selected by a panel of national women’s college basketball media members, and the Top 30 was announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter and espnW.
Vivians and William are two of six Southeastern Conference players on the list. Mississippi State is one of eight schools to have multiple players on the list. Tennessee is the only other SEC school with two or more selections.
Vivians, a 2017 Third Team Associated Press All-American, had quite the debut for Mississippi State in its season-opening win against Virginia, tallying 22 points on 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) shooting from the field. She also grabbed 7 rebounds.
The Carthage, Miss., native passed Alexis Rack for third place on State’s career scoring list. Her 1,776-career points puts her behind only former MSU All-Americans LaToya Thomas and Tan White in program annals.
Prior to the season, Vivians was named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List for the nation’s top shooting guard and was a Preseason All-SEC selection after earning first team accolades the previous two years.
William joined Vivians in garnering Preseason All-SEC honors, and she was selected to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List for the country’s top point guard after a stellar junior campaign that saw her average 10.9 ppg and dish a school-record 181 assists.
The Birmingham, Ala., native became the Bulldogs’ career assists leader last season, and she brought her total to 488 with 8 dimes in Friday’s season-opening win against Virginia.
William also sits atop the MSU record books at the free-throw line with an 84.3 career percentage that is ninth in SEC annals.
Vic Schaefer’s Bulldogs return to action Thursday, hosting Georgia State in a 7 p.m. tip at the Hump. MSU closes out a season-opening three-game homestand Sunday at 2 p.m. against in-state foe Southern Miss.